While I was at AEA, I had lunch with Dick Thaler, the famous behavioural economist from the University of Chicago. He lauded my (much derided) penchant for experimental purchases of small items at supermarkets and drugstores, pointing out that at my age, the net present value of future utility from a "find" is huge, while the costs (pecuniary and utilitarian) are negligible.The idea is that young people should try a lot of new things because if they find something you like, you have much of your life left to enjoy it. Even if you try 10 new foods and only like 1 of them, you have given up relatively little and gained a lot of future enjoyment.
What do you think about this idea? Is it a good reason to try new things? Or is there a better reason to stay with what you like? What else could this apply to other than trying new foods?
An personal addendum to this rule that I used when travelling in Japan is that I am willing to try any food, provided I am not told what it is or what is in it until after I have tried it. It helps me keep an open mind.
(Source: Free Exchange)